Curing Cancer: Dreaming or Doable?
May 22, 2016
In early 2016, President Obama called for an assault on cancer on the same scale as the Apollo Project to land men on the moon. But is a “moon shot” effort to cure cancer realistic? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cancer expert Dr. William Hyman answers questions on curing cancer — is it dreaming or is it doable?
- Is President Obama's challenge to find a cure for cancer realistic?
- Isn't it true that there is actually no single disease called "cancer?"
- In 1971, President Richard Nixon also called for a "war" on cancer. What treatment breakthroughs have had the most impact since then?
- What cancers have shown the most improvement in terms of survivorship and life expectancy?
- What are the most effective tools that you have right now to fight cancer?
- Some cancers -- among them lung cancer and pancreatic cancer -- still strike terror the moment they are diagnosed. Why are some cancers so difficult to treat?
- Looking to the future, what are the most promising cancer treatments that you see on the horizon?
- How important are clinical trials in curing cancer?
- You have participated in a large number of clinical trials over your career. Looking back, what are some of the most important research successes of which you have been a part?
- What cancers show the most promise for finding a cure in the future?
- What are the roadblocks that we still face in the quest for a cure or cures for cancers?
- The majority of cancer survival rates have improved -- many of them significantly. Are you optimistic that such success will continue? Will we ultimatey cure cancer?